this one has been sitting with me for a few years now: noir au with kagami as the detective and kuroko as his mysterious client? thank you!
Kagami knew the man was trouble as soon as he walked in. Or at least, once he realized the man had walked in.
“When did you come in?!” he demanded, once he noticed the mysterious stranger in his office. His hand twitched towards his gun, on principle, but he quickly realized this was most likely a prospective client and therefore should not be shot.
“About two minutes ago,” the mysterious stranger said, in overly polite tones.
“How’d you get past Koganei?“
"Do you mean the man sleeping at the desk in front of your office?”
Kagami scowled. Koganei was a useless receptionist. Trying to recover from this, he switched tactics. “Who are you?”
“My name is Kuroko Testuya. And I am in dire need of assistance and have nowhere else to go.”
It was a fairly standard line– as a private detective, Kagami had heard it a lot, usually from some dame who suspected her man was cheating on her. The announcement typically came with tears and vapors, so the man’s flat, emotionless delivery, caught Kagami’s attention.
The man was good-looking, but unusual. In this city, people were either sharks or fish, and Kagami Taiga usually had a pretty good sense for whether people were one or the other. But he couldn’t get a read on this Kuroko Tetsuya, who didn’t really seem tough but for some reason didn’t register as weak either. That was when Kagami thought, he’s trouble, and he should have sent him packing at that point.
But instead, he said, “What’s your trouble?”
“A family heirloom of mine has gone missing,” Kuroko replied easily. “It is priceless, and very important to me.”
“Call the police,” Kagami said, unsympathetic.
“The police cannot help me. I know who stole it. Or rather, there are five suspects, and it must have been one of those five, but I don’t know which one.”
Kagami was on edge, then. A vague premonition of disaster. “Yeah? Who are the five?”
“The Generation of Miracles.”
Definitely trouble, Kagami thought. Whatever this was about, it wasn’t just a stolen family heirloom. People don’t get their heirlooms stolen and know for a fact it had to be one of the five crime bosses in the city. Not ordinary people, anyway.
“No wonder the police won’t help you,” Kagami said.
“As I said. I had nowhere else to go.”
Kuroko looked at him like a challenge. Like he was saying, You want to take them on. You could take them on.
Kagami’s old partner, Himuro, he would have said said, “Don’t be stupid.” But Himuro wasn’t around anymore, and Kagami had been itching to go after the Miracles.
“Alright,” Kagami said. “We’ll talk fees.”
A/N: Sorry for long this has taken, friend!!!! I LOVED this prompt, I just wanted to do right by it. Since getting this prompt, I have read all five Dashiell Hammett novels =P Hope you enjoyed!!